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What’s new at IPC

October 2022

The Women of the Church will meet tomorrow, October 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the church. We will be studying Amy-Jill Levine’s book, Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven; this month, Linda Tylke will lead a discussion of the Introduction. Muffins, coffee, juice, water, milk, and sugar will be provided. If you plan to attend and are able, please bring something to share.

This Sunday is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. All around the world, Christians are “joined and knit together” in one body of Christ, and churches are encouraged to celebrate Holy Communion on this Sunday as a visible sign of our unity, growing and “building itself up in love,” as the letter to the Ephesians says. Come to worship and stay for fellowship!

On Sunday October 2, the Brussels Marathon and Half Marathon will follow a completely new course. The start underneath the Atomium and finish on the track of the King Baudouin Stadium mean the marathon gets a new iconic home base. This new course means that unlike past years, the main roads to the church will be open. People coming from the north of Brussels still might have some difficulty, however. You can find a map here:

The Church Council will meet via Zoom this Thursday evening, October 6, at 20:00. Watch your email for the link, the minutes, and the agenda. Next months meeting has been tentatively scheduled for November 3.

Mark your calendars for the annual Harvest Festival after worship on Sunday, October 16. Plan now to bake or bring something to sell at auction, and come prepared to bid for your favorite goodies!

Any questions?

Socially Distanced Worship!

Our Life at the IPC

Fall 2022

Welcome back!

We are gearing up for our fall activities, and looking forward to enjoying them with you!

Sunday School, Youth meetings, and Choir are back. Adult education and Women of the Church meetings are resuming

We look forward to our fall and winter events: harvest festival, American Thanksgiving Lunch, Advent, and Christmas!!!

We will be celebrating our 100th anniversary all year long. Our congregation began with a series of meetings in 1922, ending in the laying of a cornerstone on November 9, 1923, at a church on the Champs de Mars in downtown Brussels. We have a new centennial seal that has been designed to help us celebrate. Several special events are being planned throughout the year, including a festive worship service on Reformation Sunday, October 30. Watch for more details!

Worship in safety

After some two years of restrictions, the Belgian and Brussels governments have relaxed restrictions impacting cultural and religious gatherings. We are now free to meet for worship and fellowship without any specific restrictions on masking, hand-washing, seating, etc.

Nonetheless, we realize that many amongst us prefer to be cautious both for their own health and the health of others. We will therefore continue to provide hand gel at the entrance, to encourage our attendees to take advantage of the spacious sanctuary in making their seating decisions, and to make it clear that continued masking is still very acceptable for all those who prefer to mask. We also encourage everyone to remember the lessons of the pandemic – consider staying home if you feel ill and mask whenever in doubt.

Mission of the Month

October 2022

Beautiful Gate Lesotho

The Beautiful Gate Care Centre, located in Maseru, Lesotho, first opened its doors in 2001, to care for abandoned and HIV/AIDS affected children. It reaches out to orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children, ages newborn to five years old, to give them the care, comfort and love they need and deserve.

In a country afflicted by overwhelming poverty and extreme disease, children are often treated with no more respect or worth than a discarded candy wrapper. Children have been found in a trash dumpster, a toilet pit, alone on the streets and in a forest. BGL seeks to give them the opportunity to be more than just a statistic and simply be kids.

Beautiful Gate Lesotho seeks to glorify God by giving these children their childhood while they wait for forever families. The ultimate goal is to unite these children with forever families that will love them as their own. Until that is accomplished, Beautiful Gate Lesotho is their family, and the staff and volunteers love these children as their own. They are given opportunities to go to school, play with friends and help around the houses, just like any other child. They have the same physical and emotional needs that all children do.